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Brooklyn Monster Ale

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Formerly brewed at Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Brooklyn, New York USA
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brooklyn Monster Ale is a classic barley wine, a style of ale originally brewed by the butlers to the English and American aristocracy. It is brewed from three mashes of heirloom British malt and spiced with aromatic American Willamette, Cascade and Fuggle hops.

After four months of aging, it has a magnificent burnished copper color, an aroma redolent of sherry, citrusy hops and fruit, a soft, warming, complex palate, a spiritous finish, and a strength of 10.8%.

It is vivacious when young, but will age gracefully for many years, becoming more complex over time.

Food Matches

Brooklyn Monster Ale is a fine accompaniment to cheeses, ice cream, flourless cakes, crème brulee and good cigars.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2004
2003 Vintage, Sampled September 2004.
This beer pours a brilliantly clear deep copper-red color. It is fairly well carbonated and forms thin amber colored head when roused. The aromas are heady and sweet with malts, when I go in for a deeper smell I get notes of caramel, alcohol, sherry, candied fruit, and a hop aroma that is definitely there, but not quite distinguishable from the fruit notes. The beer is full bodied richly, though not overly, sweet and finishes with a twang of hoppiness. There is a nice lingering bitterness from the hops in the finish as well, it really helps to balance out the rich sweet malt and fruit notes that are up front. From the taste of this beer I get notes of Maraschino Cherries, sherry, biscuits, a hint of orange, brandy soaked fruit-cake, and a hint of hot alcohol in the finish.

This beer is actually growing on me with time, at first I though it was obviously well crafted but lacking, but the more I sit and contemplate this beer the more I come to enjoy it. It is not too heavy to finish the 12oz bottle, and the balance between the sweet malt up front and the interesting twangy hop flavor and bitterness in the finish really goes a long way to make this beer quite enjoyable. The hop flavor in the finish really helps to accentuate the fruit and sherry notes of this beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
I loves me a nice barleywine, and Brooklyn calls theirs a "monster", do they? Well, let’s have at it, already! Appearance: coppery color, with a short-lived head...so far, "eh"... Aroma: now, we’re cookin’! Sweetness incarnate, redolent of a full orchard of fruits, burnished and converted to a proper cognac-y character. Alcohol is huge here, with cherries, brandy, leather, fire, tobacco, smoke, all pitching suggestions into this bonfire...this is the type of beer that makes me pity wine drinkers...is there an aroma as rich and full and fine as this to be found in a bottle of vino? A very bewitching aroma! Thick texture, syrupy mouthfeel, lip-smackin’, delicious, and packin’ heat! Lush, full malt, low hops, but thoroughly intoxicating...screw your Manhattans, your Hennessys, your Flavor-of-the-Month-Martinis, put your lips to a barleywine such as this for a full, boozy sensation! A benign Monster, this, powerful, but not vicious, stinging, but without malice, prodigious, but never punishing, with a long, near-lethal finsh.... A damned fine barleywine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2004
2001 vintage, 11.8 ABV Fully hazy foxy-amber; yellowish head, fine, slightly irregular, slowly dissipating. Fruitcake, noble hops, raisins, mouldy oakwood, warm nose. Dry woody character, vinous, faint hoppy background, several malt notes, different but seamlessly blending. Walnut flavour, hidden alcohol. Warming up, some bitterish cherry flavours (Bitterkirsche), " boerenjongens " (cherries or plums on jenever). Warming, alcohol, slick, full-bodied. Long fruity aftertaste with bitter chocolate notes. A great one by Garett. Very balanced BW. Great opportunity to taste this 3-year old vintage - big thanks to Aaron Hecker!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2004
On tap. Amber brown with a bit of red. Aroma is molasses and brown sugar. Taste is smooth rich and malty with a hint of raison. It’s not as sweet as some barley wines, which is great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2004
2003 bottle from pioneer 74th street nYC aroma is fruity,cramel bronze colorsmall head.light carbnonation earthy sweet flavor,nice lacing on the glass, stong alcohol in the aftertatse

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Very small head . Clear mahogany low carbonation. Aroma is sweet of caramel, fruit, and alcohol. Big sweet malty flavor held up with hop bitterness. Finishes with some alcohol flavor and warmth. Medium bodied with an oily mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4706) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
Bottle. Light copper colour. Heavy alcohol aroma. Alcohol edge but still smooth. Not as thick or spicy as most in the style.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2012 I look forward to the release of this one each year . This is my favorite of the yearly production beers from Brooklyn. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz bottle this beer poured a nice mahogany color with a small tan head. The aroma was malt, molasses and a nice hop presence. The flavor was caramel, malt, and some hops - particularly on the finish. A nice barleywine that is strong, flavorful and no too heavily dominated by the hops.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
freekyp (1537) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Sharply bitter with a sweetness that was not cloying. Clear deep amber with a slight, quickly receding tan head. Alcoholic but somewhat hidden. Not thick and syrupy like some other barleywines. Slick mouthfeel with some fruity notes.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 2, 2004
(12 oz bottle: ScottVacula’s Barleywine Party ’04) I rated this beer when it first came out in 1999, and it was very hot with harsh bitterness, but several years of aging have been very beneficial for this barleywine; Sweet and malty, this barleywine has a fairly strong bitterness throughout, but it never overpowers the sweet maltiness, an area where the aging has helped tremendously; Its potent alcohol is very apparent; Typical palate for a barleywine: sticky, syrupy and full bodied; Very malty and sweet nose; Medium amber color and very cloudy, but I was sampling the bottom of the bottle; Small, light tan head fades to a ring very quickly


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